Flu Season off to a fast start

Flu Season off to a fast start

Flu Season off to a fast start

The CDC suggests everyone six month old or older get a flu shot each year. This year, the percentage of patients reporting flu-like symptoms reached the threshold of 2.2% by late November, an indication that flu season has started.

Mahoning County Health Commissioner Pat Sweeney said during any given year, there is a 40 to 60 percent match - vaccine to virus.

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"So far there aren't that many cases here in the NY area of influenza, but there will be", he said.

Long before the beginning of the flu season, scientists try to determine which strains of the virus will be most prevalent during a given season and concoct a vaccine with those strains in mind.

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"Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths", the researchers note in the report. If you get the flu, the vaccine can make it less severe and the more people who are vaccinated, the better off everyone is. He said this year's vaccine should work. Or the vaccine itself may mutate while it is being grown - currently, vaccines are grown in eggs, but many experts don't think that's ideal as the vaccine virus tends to undergo mutations to adapt to growing in an egg.

"I don't want to risk getting it myself because as far as what I've seen them go through it's a pretty bad deal and I don't want to feel like that, let alone bring it home to my kids or my family", Chamberlin said.

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According to the U.S. "That's alarming no matter how you look at it, regardless of the year, particularly for a vaccine preventable illness", says Dr. Fred Lopez, with LSU Health Infectious Diseases. He said it's important to always wash your hands.

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